April 7th, 2012
01:12 AM ET

Witness, Zimmerman attorneys address key questions in Trayvon shooting

As outrage over the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin continues to grip the nation, key questions remain unanswered over what happened the night of February 26 as conflicting accounts are given by witnesses and attorneys for both sides.

What is known is that Martin, wearing a hoodie, ventured out from his father's fiancee's home in Sanford, Florida, to get a snack at a nearby convenience store. As he trekked back to the home with a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea, he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer. Martin was unarmed. Zimmerman has said he acted in self-defense.

A recording of a 911 call made the night of the shooting captured someone pleading for help. Zimmerman has said he was yelling for help, according to his family members and his account to authorities. Martin's relatives have said they are certain the voice heard on the 911 call is Martin's.

"From the very beginning and I still do feel that it was the young boy," the witness, who wants to remain anonymous, told CNN Friday.

Zimmerman's attorneys jumped on the witness' characterization of Martin as "the young boy."

"The pictures you've put up tonight show a 6 foot 3 boy who was 17 years old," Hal Uhrig said, pointing out that teenage boys can have voices that range from high to as low as a grown man.

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  1. N Tyler

    Just get this man and put him in jail where he belong the lawyer is going to drag them dry and leave them cold.Child killer

    April 8, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel Cooper

    The problem for blacks in America today.
    One out of every three young black males will face illegal searches by police and are arrested for possession charges. The result is a criminal history and a deep seeded anger and hatetred towards police and whites. (Justifiably so)
    The solution
    End the war on drugs. The war on drugs has failed and has resulted in an explosion of U.S. citizens being incarcerated and has created a criminal and violent environment especially for black youths.
    Why Obama is not the answer but is part of the problem.
    Huge special interest unions back Obama. The police union, prison guard unions, construction unions to build prisons. We the United States imprison more of its citizens then any other country in the world. The prison stocks are traded on Wall Street based upon the number of people in prison.
    So as long as the war on drugs continues then the war on black youths will continue. Obama will sell you out to the interest of the big unions just like he sold out everyone to the big banks.

    April 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNNdy

      The war on drugs began many years ago, under another President's administration. That you would lay this at the current President's feet, and indeed, blame him for this, shows a bias and an agenda that is purely your own.

      April 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chydy

    People are wasting their time arguing the wrong point. Let us assume that there was a fight as zimmerman said. That fight was definitely a FIST FIGHT, not a GUN FIGHT because trayvon had no gun. Now, how many people in America get killed or suffer GRAVE bodily harm in fist fights?

    High school kids and college students fight all the time, no one gets killed or gravely injured. What then would make an able bodied 28 year old man REASONABLY feel that he would die or suffer GRAVE bodily harm in a fist fight with a 17 year old (11 years younger than him) to warrant shooting him to death? "REASONABLY" is the main word here. If we accept zimmerman's argument, then kids should be shooting one another to death every few minutes right across america.

    April 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • lewtheprof

      That is just stupid! Seriously, stupid. Do you know how easy it is to kill someone once they have been subdued in a "fist fight?" I do,, and if there is anyway for me to keep it from getting to a point where that even MIGHT happen, I am doing it. You know what I mean? Your point is lame!!!

      April 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z_2k

      If you were getting your head slammed into the concrete several times, as Zimmerman alledges happened to him, you might very well think you may be killed. I would agree that most fist fights do not get to this extreme point. But if it does, it no longer is a fist fight. No more so than if one of the fighters picked up a 2 x 4 and started whacking you in the head with it. At that point, the 2 x 4, or in Zimmerman's case, the concrete sidewalk, becomes a weapon of assault by the other person. That's when the threat of grave bodily harm, and even death, manifests itself and self-defense to save your life becomes a viable option.

      April 11, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    It puts the lotion on the skin.

    April 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nobodies Pon

    Lewtheprof for someone to kill you with their bare hands they would need training. In some type of martial art. A 17 year old kid doesnt get that type of training from drinking ice tea and eating skittels. lewtheprof you are stupid for even making that statement.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z_2k

      It's YOUR comment, Sir, that is absurd and stupid. You don't need 'training' to grab hold of someone's head and bang it into the concrete, and that can kill you. You just need to gain an advantage over the other person, like maybe get in the first punch and break his nose, or kick him in the nuts, or however you can get him down and do it. Travon had put his stuff in his pockets, so both hands were free. Travon may have been stronger than Zimmerman even though he weighed less. He may have been faster than Zimmerman, or blind-sided Zimmerman with the first punch, who knows.

      April 11, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nobodies Pon

    I wonder in a country with so much technology a our fingertips,but no commonsense how can a adult follow a kid shoot a unarmed kid.claim self defense after killing the kid. He followed this kid and killed him in cold blood. There is a group on the internet getting money for zimmermans lawyer. Why? defend a child killer for what reason . Do white people hate blacks so much that even the wrongest of wrongs are exceptible killing kids for any reason is wrong. This guy killed someones baby it doesnt matter what color you are you should be mad as hell. I cant wait till a white guns down a white kid and goes home and keep his gun. Claim.self defense and walks. White people will be marching and shouting all over this country for justice.

    April 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z_2k

      You don't know what you are talking about. You want Zimmerman to be arrested, found guilty, and punished. If the Special Prosecutor had even one shred of evidence that Zimmerman might be guilty, she would have issued an arrest warrant by now just to cover her butt. She doesn't need an overwhelming portfolio of evidence to arrest and hold him, just one thing . If she had just ONE thing to support her actions, she would have had him arrested by now, not wait for a press conference later this week. But she doesn't have ANYTHING, cause there isn't any. Zimmerman is not going to be arrested..mark my words.

      April 11, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Greek American

    @Pon
    Same country where you can murder your wife and her male friend and if the glove doesn't fit then you must acquit. Same country where you can murder your young daughter and blame your parents, and then a jury finds you innocent.
    And you know I can go on and on and on with examples.
    It really is sad and I agree with your point.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rf

    This will turn out to be a most unfortunate set of actions. Martin was innocently returning from the store. Zimmerman was patrolling the area.Zimmerman scared Martin and Martin may have thought he was protecting himself. The incident escalated to the point that afight began and a gun was fired. Martin may have erred in confronting Zimmerman. Zimmerman erred in not heeding the advice of the Police when they told him he did not need to follow Martin.Without proper identification Martin could not know who Zimmerman was, he certainly is not a policeman. The end result, a needless death of a young man. Zimmerman is innocent of outright murder but the lawsuit for a needless death will be successful.

    April 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 13, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Can a Single Punch Kill you

    many people die every year from a single punch. Many people have punched people one time, killing them, and been charged with murder. So, If you are going to punch someone, be prepared for criminal charges or that person defending them self.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
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